Posted on Apr 18, 2024
Sgt Robert Valimont
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No service related disability at this time, but I'm a cold war nuclear weapons tech veteran, fingers crossed.
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COL Randall C.
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From your profile, I'm 99.9% sure the answer is no as you don't meet any of the eligibility criteria for being enrolled in TRICARE (you're not currently an active member of the military or on the retired rolls) .

You should be able to enroll in VA Health Care as you're likely to meet the eligibility requirements* and there is no reason you wouldn't sign up as there are not costs associated unless you use it (i.e., no premiums or other monthly/annual fees). However if you don't have service-connected disability (rated 10%+) or you aren't below the income thresholds*, then you won't receive medical care currently.
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* VA Healthcare eligibility - https://www.va.gov/health-care/eligibility/
* VA Income limits - https://www.va.gov/health-care/income-limits/zip
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Sgt Robert Valimont
Sgt Robert Valimont
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Thank you for the info. I just would need some type of insurance so as not to be taxed if I don't until Medicare.
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SP5 Peter Keane
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Tricare is for military, military retirees and dependents. Are you in one of those categories ?
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Sgt Robert Valimont
Sgt Robert Valimont
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Thanks that's what my retired army son calls it, it would just be VA care for myself, so as not to be taxed for not having health insurance until Medicare kicks in.
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SP5 Peter Keane
SP5 Peter Keane
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Sgt Robert Valimont - the tax is gone. You no longer will be penalized for not having health insurance.
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